Tufts asks protesting students not to disrupt graduation

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MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Tufts University administrators are asking students protesting janitor layoffs not to disrupt graduation.

Officials at the university located north of Boston are expected to meet Tuesday with student leaders of the Tufts Labor Coalition to ask them to commit to not "impeding people's ability to view, hear or freely access" commencement week activities.

The university says student protesters will be able to gather in a designated area to hold signs, distribute literature and express their views during the events, which include Sunday's commencement address by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The Tufts Labor Coalition ended a five-day hunger strike Saturday but members threatened to continue protesting until the university commits to meeting their demands of delaying the janitor layoffs until next spring.

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